Barnegat High School football running back A.J. Opre scored two touchdowns as the Bengals beat visiting Holmdel 37-6 on Thursday in the season opener.

The win avenged a loss by Barnegat to the Hornets last year.

The Bengals went up 13-6 on a 40-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Cinjun Erskine to Ricky Gerena with no time on the clock at the end of the first half.

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Ryan Ulrich put the Bengals ahead 16-6 with a 23-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter. Opre's 3-yard run and Ulrich's kick made it 23-6 in the fourth quarter. Tyler McGuiness scored on a 4-yard run, and teammate Marty Bowen returned a fumble for a final TD.

Holmdel 0 6 0 0-6

Barnegat 7 6 3 21-37

FIRST QUARTER

B-Opre 1 run (Ulrich kick)

H-Condito 2 run (kick failed)

SECOND QUARTER

B-Gerena 40 pass from Erskine (extra point failed)

THIRD QUARTER

B-Ulrich 23 field goal

FOURTH QUARTER

B-Opre 3 run (Ulrich kick)

B-McGuinness 4 run (Ulrich kick)

B-Bowen fumble return (Ulrich kick)

Records-B 1-0, H 0-1.

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